It’s a week after the election and I still don’t have the answer I’ve been looking for. My candidate lost. There were plenty of things I didn’t love about Hillary. She is too hawkish for my taste, too corporate. But I voted for her. She won in my state of Minnesota. She won the popular vote in the nation, but in the electoral college…where it … Continue reading If we don’t who will?
Like all of us, I have a clear memory of that day 15 years ago. I remember the replayed television footage, the quiet skies. I was scheduled to leave for Africa on September 17. So little made sense and even less felt certain. Since that day I have been to Ground Zero three times. The first time, it was still a construction zone. Most recently, … Continue reading Talat Hamdani
“We can find peace together, or we can be left desiring.” Maham Khan was in her first year at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois in 2001. At the time, her Muslim faith was very private to her and she didn’t speak about it publicly. As a new student, she recognized the need to gain leadership experience and decided to join the Muslim Student Association, which … Continue reading Maham Khan
Words escape me. Many years ago, a man said this to me: “Don’t work against what you hate, work for what you love.” There’s a world of difference between the two. As the chaos of our world swirls around us, and some preach hate while others spew anger, I return to the only thing that makes sense to me. A Peace of My Mind will seek … Continue reading again
To my Muslim friends who are being asked to reassure us that you are not “one of them”…allow me a moment to reassure you… Continue reading Let me reassure you
A few weeks ago I installed the exhibit at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The opening reception was a peace dinner. I spoke about the project and some of the stories I had encountered and then a couple people from the Carthage community spoke about their understanding of peace as well. Manar Mohammad, a student at Carthage was one of them. One of the great joys of … Continue reading Manar